About - Conmet

About

Our design innovations and superior manufacturing technology have made us the first choice of OEM design engineers and fleet executives since 1964. We are headquartered in Vancouver, Washington, with six manufacturing facilities located throughout the United States and Mexico.

Our cutting edge design technologies, such as Finite Element Analysis and Solidification Modeling, provide ConMet customers with the most advanced processes available today. While ConMet is an ISO 9001, ISO 9002 and TS 16949 Certified Manufacturer, we are also recognized as a quality supplier, having earned over a dozen awards and recognitions for excellence. With patented, game-changing inventions, such as our PreSet®, PreSet Plus®, TruTurn® and TruTurn Lite line of products, ConMet is the undisputed leader in the development of lightweight, high performance products for the heavy-duty truck and trailer industry.

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For more than 50 Years

ConMet has established itself as the leader in the commercial vehicle industry using advanced technology and cutting edge manufacturing techniques to create quality products and services. Our long standing customers know us for our innovative solutions and strategic partnerships.

It all began in 1964 when Consolidated Metco built its first aluminum foundry in Portland, Oregon. It was established to provide lightweight structural parts that were greatly needed in the heavy-duty truck market. Over the years, ConMet grew by acquisition and the addition of more diversified business interests.

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Who We Are Now

1965, ConMet developed a fuel water separator for heavy-duty trucks. Fleets and Owner-Operators were faced with the challenge of contamination in the fuel, causing a hardship of not being able to stay on the road. The design capabilities and simplicity of the ConMet Fuel Water Separator prevented fuel contamination and became a popular product.

1980s, ConMet contracted and consolidated its facilities and general business interests to concentrate on aluminum permanent mold and low pressure castings, aluminum die castings, and structural foam and gas-assist plastic parts, with locations on both the East and West Coasts.

ConMet entered the proprietary product market with ConMet aluminum alloy hubs. On October 4, 1985, then Oregon Governor Vic Atiyeh helped ConMet celebrate the production of ConMet’s one-millionth hub.

1989, Varlen Corporation (NASDAQ:VRLN) of Naperville, Illinois, purchased ConMet. Product offerings have since been introduced to the European truck and trailer manufacturers.

1995, ConMet introduced a PreSet® Wheel End to help eliminate premature wheel end failure on trucks and trailers.

1999, Amsted Industries acquired Varlen Corporation. With Varlen’s purchase, Amsted Industries becomes the leader in three niche end markets through its two business segments. It makes components for railroad freight cars and locomotives, heavy-duty trucks and trailers, and automotive and light trucks.

2002 ConMet is pleased to announce the ISO/TS 16949:1999 certification of their Monroe, NC plant.

2003 ConMet announced the addition of PreSet Ductile Iron Trailer Hubs for trailers and the CastLite, a lightweight, economical Brake Drum.

March 2004, ConMet launched a revolutionary new brake drum called TruTurn, which is fully-machined on the inside and outside.

2005 MidAmerica Truck Show in Louisville, Kentucky, ConMet was awarded the 2004 Technical Achievement Award from the Truck Writers of North America (TWNA) in recognition of this revolutionary brake drum.

January 5, 2009, ConMet relocated its corporate headquarters from the Rivergate District of Portland, Oregon – a site it had occupied since the company’s inception in 1964 – to the banks of the Columbia River in Vancouver, Washington.

January of 2009, the Weifang Haoxin ConMet Mechanical Products Co., a joint venture iron foundry and machine shop, went into full production in the Shandong Province of China. A 75,000 sq ft machine shop is focused on the finish machining of ductile iron hubs and grey iron brake drums. This new facility also includes a 150,000 sq ft automated foundry with an annual capacity of 50,000 tons.

March 2011, ConMet built on its success of developing industry-leading hub assemblies when it introduced PreSet Plus, The only fully integrated hub system to feature PreSet® technology. The new product was featured in ConMet’s booth at the 2011 MidAmerica Trucking Show in Louisville, Kentucky.

Commercial Vehicle operators in North America continue to demand more reliable, longer-life components. Utilizing innovations in both design and manufacturing, ConMet developed its own line of premium wheel end bearings to meet this market demand. Introduced at the 2013 MidAmerica Trucking Show, ConMet Bearings are engineered to extend service life in today’s most demanding applications at the best value in the industry.

2012, ConMet introduces Wheel Seals to the industry.

2014, ConMet introduces Wheel Bearings to the industry.

June 2016, ConMet releases The Aftermarket Wheel End Replacement App. Available on both iOS and Android platforms for smart devices, the app provides a variety of ways for users to select the correct replacement hub.

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Awards & Certificates

We are known throughout the truck and trailer industry for our award winning products and manufacturing quality in developing lightweight,low maintenance solutions to enhance vehicle performance, improve fuel efficiency, and increase payload capacity.

Locations

ConMet has strategic locations throughout North America and China to provide customers with quality solutions and local support.

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